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Kingsport lawyer censured for conduct with trust funds

Staff report • Jul 11, 2018 at 12:39 PM

KINGSPORT — The financial dealings of a Sullivan County attorney have spurred a public reprimand from the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Board of Professional Responsibly.

According to a press release, Kay Jeffrey Luethke was censured by the board on Tuesday. The action is a rebuke and warning to Luethke, whose law office is on West Market Street in Kingsport, but it does not affect his ability to practice law.

“Mr. Luethke improperly commingled trust funds into his operating account and personal funds into his trust account on several different occasions,” reads a statement from the board. “Mr. Luethke also held funds in his trust account which were not related to any representation, withdrew funds without allowing adequate time for a check to clear, and inadvertently used trust funds to pay a personal debt without reconciling his account and correcting the problem.”

Through those actions, Luethke reportedly violated professional conduct standards related to the safekeeping of property. He is now required to attend the board’s Trust Account Workshop next month.

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